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Noel Donnellon
Sun 10 Oct 2010Link

Hi All,
I'm a Cinematographer & Producer. More info on my site:

Grace Lee
Tue 12 Oct 2010Link

Hello All,
I think I joined D-Word (gulp) five years ago or something and have lurked occasionally, but never long enough to engage in a real conversation. Trying to amend that since I feel woefully behind in the world of non-fiction, except as an audience member.
I made a personal doc called The Grace Lee Project in 2005, plus a few shorts before that; but I also work in fiction (most recently in 2007, a 'fictional documentary' feature called American Zombie). I got sidetracked for a couple of years with family stuff but am now working on a new film about 95 yr old Detroit philosopher/activist who has devoted her life to social justice and the promise of the next American Revolution. I look forward to learning and contributing more to this great community!

Julia Guest
Tue 12 Oct 2010Link

Sounds fascinating Grace, I love films about people in their later years.. so much to reflect on, especially a life of action... that's nearly a hundred years of living history embodied in her.

Erica Ginsberg
Wed 13 Oct 2010Link

Welcome back to D-Word, Grace. The Grace Lee Project is one of my favorite documentaries of all time. Curious – were you introduced to the subject of your current film by the Detroit Grace Lee?

Mark Fuller
Wed 13 Oct 2010Link

My name is Mark Fuller and I've been making television now for two decades. I'm based in Vancouver, BC. I've written/directed/produced across several genres, including documentary – mostly series for History, Discovery, AMC, CBC etc. My most recent project is 'Ice Pilots NWT' (writer) for Global/History and I'm about to start work on a similar doc series for History called 'Dust Up'. It follows a group of crop dusters in Saskatchewan.
More info about me on my website: . I'm looking forward to exploring this site – it looks great.

Joey Daoud
Wed 13 Oct 2010Link

I'm a documentary filmmaker in Miami Beach, FL. I'm finishing up my first feature length documentary called Bots High (, which follows high school robotics teams build kick ass fighting robots.

I also run a production company,, where I create short form documentaries for companies and broadcasters.

Doug Block
Fri 15 Oct 2010Link

Welcome, Jason and Noel, Mark and Joey. Coming so fast and furious we can barely keep up. And welcome back to The D-Word, Grace. Looking forward to your contributing here, as well.

Matt Wilder
Mon 18 Oct 2010Link

Hello friends! It's wonderful to see such a positive use of the internet in a forum like this- too often it is the negative that receives all my attention.

Anyway, I'm a young filmmaker living between Richmond, Virginia and Nairobi, Kenya at the moment working on a project to develop education and filmmaking in both places. My dedication is just that: inform the youth of our world as to the power they have with digital media at their disposal. I anticipate one day seeing a world where everyone owns some form of a camera, where media is completely democratized, where the title 'documentarian' is synonymous with 'human' or, more politically, 'citizen'.

I am happy to find a group of like-minded people, and I wish you all the best of luck in your endeavors!

-Matt Wilder

Edited Mon 18 Oct 2010 by Matt Wilder

Marth Christensen
Mon 18 Oct 2010Link

Welcome Matt,
When you are in Kenya, you might check our friends out.

Riccardo Cremona
Tue 19 Oct 2010Link

Hello! My name is Riccardo, I am a documentary filmmaker/producer based in Rome, Italy. I run a production company, We are now launching a crowdsourced documentary project, more details soon!

John Burgan
Tue 19 Oct 2010Link

Looking forward to hearing more, Riccardo – welcome to The D-Word

Edited Tue 19 Oct 2010 by John Burgan

Christopher Morris
Tue 19 Oct 2010Link

Hi Doc folk – My name is Christopher Morris – live and work in wales – 20 years (so far) making docs for British TV – but in 2003 took a left hand turn and went into University – I now run Newport Film School (set up by John Grierson in 1966 – Newport has been producing nearly fifty years worth of Documentary filmmakers! Really interested in contacting old Newport Alumni. Hello John Burgan!!!


John Burgan
Wed 20 Oct 2010Link

Chris is being typically modest about his achievements, both as an award-winning film-maker and also the fact that the doc film course he set up (and which I have just inherited) is rated as one of the very best in the UK.

Not sure if there are many Newport Alumni at The D-Word, Chris, but would be interesting to track them down – check out the search tool

Edited Wed 20 Oct 2010 by John Burgan

Brad Studstrup
Fri 22 Oct 2010Link

Hello all,

Happy to be joining the group!

My wife (editor Jody Jorgensen) and I are forming STORY, a two-person production company to produce docs of a few flavors, but mainly promos and performance docs for the arts. We lived in NYC for five years and loved working on a few docs and a couple of low-budget narratives – mostly post, mostly FCP editing. In the last couple of years, Jorgensen and I have been filming arts projects in development (mostly opera and musicals) – kind of a cross between promotional shorts and behind-the-scenes doc shorts ... we're hoping that one of these projects will turn into a doc feature.

Looking forward to being part of these great discussions!

Doug Block
Fri 22 Oct 2010Link

We're glad to have you here, too, Brad. Feel free to have Jody join up, as well. Then you can procrastinate with us together ;-)

Dean Garris
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

Hi all,

New member here, have lurked occasionally as an enthusiast but decided it was time join in on the conversation.

John Burgan
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

What finally brought you out of the shadows, Dean?

Dean Garris
Thu 28 Oct 2010Link

Nothing profound I'm afraid John, applying as a member was one of those things I was meaning to do and never did, but now that I've finished post on my doc I have some time to peruse the site a bit more and make some friends.

Geoffrey A. Davis
Fri 29 Oct 2010Link

Hello everyone, I just completed my 30 minute short documentary, 'MURDER AT CITY HALL COUNCILMAN JAMES E. DAVIS' STORY'. Its about my beloved brother, slain Peace Activist & New York City Councilman James E. Davis assasinated inside New York City Hall on July 23, 2003. Thus far, we've screened at Brooklyn Academy of Music, & the Schomberg Cultural Center to a sold out audience. On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 we're screening at Tribeca Cinemas 54 Varick St NYC. Feel free to inquire. Blessings & keep up the great work.

Jennifer Campbell
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link


My name is Jennifer Campbell, I'm 22 (and three quarters) and I am a personal, reflexive, documentary filmmaker. I just graduated with my BFA in film in my home state of Florida, and started my first year of Graduate Documentary production at Hofstra. I'm not liking this cold weather! Also in the last year I documented my journey to find my mother. It's unlisted so you'll have to click the link to find it.

I am looking forward to connecting with other documentarians. I think this is an incredibly tool for what we do.

Last night I attended Doug Block's The Kids Grow Up in NYC, and stayed for the Q&A afterward, easily the best night in NYC I've had! If you haven't seen the film, stop reading this and go right now. Doug will there for Q&A today and tomorrow for the 3pm screening as well!!! GO!


Ben Kempas
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link

Thanks for your praise, Jennifer.

Good to hear Doug's screenings are going well.

Welcome to The D-Word from a co-host who is 37 (and one third).

Ben Kempas
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link

Geoffrey, welcome to The D-Word.

Very sorry to learn about the loss of your brother. Make sure the film gets seen widely, and please make the best use of The D-Word to promote your screenings.

Doug Block
Sat 30 Oct 2010Link

Welcome, Geoffrey and Jen. Great to have you here with us. And really nice meeting you last night, Jen.

Cy Kuckenbaker
Sun 31 Oct 2010Link

Hi my name is Cy, I'm a filmmaker from San Diego. I just finished a feature doc called Bush League about four members of a soccer team in Malawi and a short called Indentured about labor abuse on US bases in Iraq. I'm now promoting the films and looking for work teaching film at the post-secondary level. I was also a Peace Corps volunteer in Lithuania and a Fulbrighter there. Some of my work can be seen at, I'd love feedback if you have it.

Grace Lee
Tue 2 Nov 2010Link

In reply to Erica Ginsberg's post on Wed 13 Oct 2010 :

Hi Erica, Julia, and Doug – Thanks for the welcome back (even though I'm now a couple weeks delinquent in responding!) Anyway, Erica to answer your question the subject of the current film IS Grace Lee Boggs, whom I met while making the Grace Lee Project. I knew back when I met her 10 years ago that I wanted to revisit her story specifically and that I'd better do it before, as she puts it, "loses her marbles." I don't think there's any danger in that happening quite yet- she is still amazingly sharp at 95 and keeps on asking and living the hard questions. Unfortunately, I am still asking myself the hard question of how I'm going to get this film funded and finished...but I will probably ask others in the Funding section for advice! Btw, Doug, I showed 51 Birch Street in a personal documentary class I taught last spring and the students were riveted. Great film. I look forward to seeing your latest.

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